Cable theft creates havoc across city

2014-11-11 00:00

CABLE thieves continue to create havoc in Msunduzi, this time plunging parts of Northdale into darkness.

The neutral cable was stolen from the Springvale/Regina Road sub-station on Friday resulting in residents there complaining of power surges and damage to their appliances.

The problem was fixed over the weekend.

Northbury Park High School was still without power yesterday due to complications with the mini-substation outside the school. The municipality did a temporary repair and assured the school that the permanent repair would done tomorrow.

The power surges were similar to those that occurred elsewhere in the city when the neutral cables were stolen from sub-stations earlier this year when companies in the CBD saw light bulbs and computers explode. It was explained then that the thieves switched off the power, removed the neutral cable for its copper and switched the power back on. The ­existing wires then carried more current with 400 and more volts surging through.

There were outages in other parts of Northdale over the weekend as well with some residents asking if load shedding had been implemented. Msunduzi spokesperson Thobeka Mafumbatha said this was not the case and that the problems were as a result of faults.

In the Valda Road area, a power line was down, but electricity was restored before 8 am yesterday.

Power also went out in parts of ­Allandale at about 7.30 am yesterday when a 11 kv cable was damaged in Plymouth Road. However, the problem was sorted out by 9.30 am.


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